Amazon, Streaming Services Dominate 73rd Golden Globes

Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony delivered a number of surprises that have since sparked commentary from traditional and social media outlets. Aside from the surprise wins and snubs, memorable or disappointing speeches, and debate over the most appropriate category for “The Martian,” it’s worth noting that streaming services — especially Amazon — scored major wins this year. In another sign of how our entertainment media delivery and consumption is shifting, Netflix beat out broadcast and cable powerhouses in nominations, while Amazon scored a number of major wins.

In the wake of last year’s wins for “Transparent” (Best TV Series: Musical or Comedy) and Jeffrey Tambor (Best Actor in a Comedy), Amazon earned five nominations this time around, even competing with itself in some categories.


“Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ stole the crown away from ‘Transparent’ for both Best Comedy, and for Best Actor in a TV Comedy (Gael Garcia Bernal),” reports TechCrunch. “Amazon’s lesser-known show was certainly something of an underdog in the Best TV Comedy category, where it beat out popular programs from HBO, Hulu and Netflix.”

However, Netflix had a strong showing once again with nominations for “Orange is the New Black,” “Narcos,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None,” “Bloodline” and “Grace and Frankie.”

Hulu got its first nomination this year for “Casual,” and HBO — also a streamer now — earned noms for “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.”

While streaming services did not win in every category, they topped traditional broadcasters, and with Netflix moving into feature films, notes TechCrunch, “future Golden Globes may see further shake-ups from the streaming industry.”

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